For many years, different cultures have used sound as a tool for healing. Through various techniques, sound therapy is the intended use of sound to promote wellness in the human system. It is a process that incorporates all aspects of music. The aspects include spiritual, psychological, emotional, social, superficial, and physical to improve health.
Sound therapy plays a crucial role in many of the patient’s facets such as cognitive and motor functioning and psychiatric and psychological health. What is important is that sound changes consciousness. Sound therapy may include:
- Listening to music
- Dancing to the music
- Playing an instrument
Sound is mostly used to meditate and relax. The most potent and common methods include toning chanting and overtone singing. Sound therapy dates back to ancient Greece, where music was used to help in the cure of mental disorders. In the history of this therapy, music has also been used in the military to boost morale, and it has also been used to help people deliver more at work and wade off evil spirits. Recent studies show that music is highly beneficial in health and difficult life transitions. It has been linked to boosting the health of premature babies, relieve stress, and enhance better immunity. Corporations mostly use rhythm as a means of releasing tension.
The Science of Sound Healing
Sound can change, create, and dissolve molecules. A YouTube video shows how cymatics makes sound. This then goes to explain why modern medicine incorporates sound in the eradication of unwanted cells. Every part of your body has a specific resonant frequency. When your health is good, you are in a balance and harmony state.
When any part of your body is vibrating out of harmony, you are in a state called – disease. When the correct resonant frequency is enhanced, the energy of failing cells is raised to a state of good health. Science shows that everything is energy and all objects including parts of your body vibrate.
When the sound frequency is raised and intentions included, the vibration frequency of the body is enhanced to help in the reduction of stress, improved immunity, and more. The sound that music makes trains your brainwaves to resonate with the bowl’s vibrations. Resonance is what then creates a therapeutic healer effect on the patient’s body.
The Benefits of Sound Healing
Sound therapy has for many years been known to have significant impact on the improvement of a wide range of conditions. The vibrations produced by sound can offer positive healing results for various issues including:
- Sleep disorders
- Pain management
- Stress and stressors such as PTSD
The patient also benefits from enhanced confidence, fewer headaches, better focus, improved relationships, clearer thinking, improved attention span, and relief.
How sound works to improve your well-being depends on the method applied. A session could involve lying down or sitting. The patient is then prompted to listen to sound from instruments, speakers, or vibrations from special tools.
Healing Techniques with Sound
There are numerous sound techniques used to cure, all of which have scientific backing. With the benefits each present, it is now possible to choose a sound that resonates well with your body.
Singing Bowl Therapy
This method was introduced in the 12th century. It is commonly used in Asia in ceremonies, rituals, and, meditation. The metallic bowls used produce a bell-like sound, and the rhythm is said to calm and repair the mind. It is said to be highly effective in releasing stress and anxiety, alleviate pain, lower blood pressure, and enhance circulation and better breathing. It is also said to be a great mood booster and strengthens immunity.
In this method, the patient lies on a special mat where speakers are then placed in strategic positions to allow sound vibrations to penetrate the patient and improve health. Special mats and speakers embedded in recliners are used to transmit music to the body. It is a method commonly used for patients recovering from cancer, strokes, and injuries.
Neurologic Music Therapy
NMT is a therapy known to foster recovery from health complications. This method helps patients to develop neurologic skills related to motor planning, executive functioning skills, and sensory development. The science behind this therapy is that music has a positive influence on the brain. Music therapy is known to promote relaxation and reduce stress. Treatment in this method involves dancing to a tune, listening, or singing.
Guided meditation takes you into calmness. It is excellent in relieving anxiety, pain, stress, sleep disorders, among others. The fight and flight instincts in this technique are inhibited, and the parasympathetic nervous system stimulated. The soothing sounds in this technique help you to recuperate and relax. The mind is given something to focus on, allowing you to get into a revitalizing meditative state. You can choose to sit or lie down.
This method that was named after Helen L. Bonny involves the use of recorded selections of music that evoke imagery. The guided imagery great at improving the physiological and psychological state can also help you explore your transformation and personal growth.
Also known as creative music therapy, Nordoff-Robbins was originally designed for children who had physical, developmental, and psychological incapacities. It is a therapy grounded in the belief that music can support change, enhance communication, and help people to lead creative lives. Nordoff-Robbins is used in the treatment of autistic children, those with dementia, mental problems, and those with learning difficulties.
Tuning fork therapy
This approach is based on the fact that everything is made of vibrations. Disease according to this therapy indicates that some part of the body has gone out of tune. Tuning forks helps in the improvement of the immune system allowing the body to heal itself. This method applies sound to trigger and reflex points, acupoints, muscle, bone, and tendons to help in dispersing or toning Qi. It does so to attune the body to a cellular level while also preventing pain.
Sound Healing Instruments
There are many instruments used in sound therapy, most of which are easy to learn and play while others require professionals. Here, find list of instruments known for their healing effects.
Some bowls are clear, while others are frosted. They are the most popular healing instruments today. All of them are created to give a unique frequency. They are mostly used in sound therapy, yoga, religious ceremonies, and rituals.
Gongs were initially used to heal, wade off evil spirits, and invoke the spirits of the dead. It dates back to 4000 B.C. When not played right, it can produce harsh sounds but still help in alleviating spiritual, physical, and emotional pain. Today, they are used as healing instruments to awaken the mind and give peace to the body. Gong is used in meditation, yoga, and balance.
The Dorje bell is used to awaken the mind to the present. It can be rang or hit with a wooden mallet. It was named Dorje because the word in Tibetan Dorje means an electric shock that quietens the mind. It is mostly used to meditate.
In Buddhism, this instrument has been used in rituals and was believed to attract spirits of peace. They were hung in temples and shrines to awaken the present moment whenever there were breezes. They are a great way of connecting you to life and nature. This instrument gives a state of mindful awareness.
The truth about music and sounds is that you hear with your ears but feel with your soul. If you do not have instruments, you can still use your voice. It is the most basic musical instrument that can help you relax, focus and heal.